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Bastille’s Dan Smith is helping to write Lewis Capaldi’s new album

"We fucking love Lewis and we're so proud of everything he's done all over the world"

By Patrick Clarke

Bastille pose for Rolling Stone UK
Bastille pose for Rolling Stone UK (Picture: Danny Kasirye/Rolling Stone UK)

Dan Smith of Bastille has been writing with Lewis Capaldi as the latter prepares his second album.

The two musicians toured together in 2019, when Capaldi was invited to support Bastille on their European tour dates. The Scottish singer also sang ‘Bad Blood’ live with the band during those shows.

“I did some writing with him and it was really great to see him,” Smith told The Sun. “Obviously he has had the most amazing time and I think he is just taking his time writing lots of music and living his life.”

He added: “We fucking love Lewis and we’re so proud of everything he’s done all over the world. It’s exciting to see what he’s going to do next.”

Smith also revealed that he’s been writing some material with Rihanna in mind, but is doubtful about whether she will use them. “There were a couple of songs that I heard that her team liked for a minute,” he said.

Lewis Capaldi (Picture: Alamy)

“I imagine with that project, they hear and work on so much music and will just know when it’s right. There was a minute last year where I thought I’d done it. But I don’t think it’s happened.”

Capaldi has also employed the services of One Republic’s Ryan Tedder – who has previously worked with the likes of Beyoncé and Adele – to help with his forthcoming album.

Tedder told The Sun: “I was playing the songs an hour ago in the car and it’s just like, goosebumps! The guy could sing a random song in Spanish and it would still give me goosebumps. He’s so good.”

Capaldi is also working once again with his friend, singer-songwriter JC Stewart, co-writer on 2019 track ‘Hollywood’. “We’ve written a few songs in the last year or so. But first and foremost we’re mates, so we keep it there,” Stewart said.